Craighton Hippenhammer

Associate professor and digital initiatives librarian
Benner Library and Resource Center
M.F.A., 1994, Columbia College
M.LS., 1974, University of Oregon
B.A., 1968, California State University at Los Angeles

Professor Hippenhammer has been a faculty member since 1991. In the mid-1990s, he created Benner's Department of Library Informatics, which applies new technologies to library processes, including: online library research databases; off-campus proxy access to those databases; integrated library software migrations and updates; interlibrary loan and cataloging software processes; technical pilot projects; open source software development; project management; and various communication and statistical software uses.

In December 2011, he created Benner Library's new Department of Digital Initiatives, which guides open access publishing initiatives, such as the Digital Commons; creates new online spaces for new digitized content; and makes once invisible archived material visible to the world.

During his career at Olivet, he has managed various departments of the library, including reference, government documents, interlibrary loan, circulation and library technology. He has also taught library research techniques and technologies in both the traditional undergraduate program and in the School of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

Before coming to Olivet, Professor Hippenhammer worked as a journalist; and as a children's librarian in public libraries in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and Decatur, Ill. He also served as a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

He is an active writer and has written and published more than 170 scholarly and journalism articles, books and book reviews. Topics vary widely, including technology, library science, local history, general interest items, children's literature, fantasy and science fiction. See his publication list at Read some of his most popular publications on Olivet's Digital Commons.

Professor Hippenhammer is a member of the Association of Christian Librarians and has also been active in the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Midwest Archives Conference, Digital Commons Great Lakes User Group, Library Information Technology Association, Association of Library Services for Children, and Illinois Library Association.

He and his wife, Linda, continue to serve in part-time medical mission work and literacy projects in several overseas countries, particularly in the 10/40 window.